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Full text of "The Courts Of Europe V-Ii"

88                             LETTERS   FROM   THE

not morning yet; apple-pie beds, ducks and
chickens in beds, and figures dressed up! It was
a strange propensity, and not very hospitable. It
was at last put a stop to by one of those tricks
being the occasion of loss of reason for a long
time to a foolish young man on whom it was
played. Amongst a large party, one person who
was expected, and whom the young man knew
a little, was reported to have died suddentyo His
death was talked of and canvassed, everyone but
this youth being in the plot. In the middle of
supper (at least, when the servants had with-
drawn) the supposed dead man appeared in the
room, dressed in a shroud, with his face powdered
and ghastly. The young man exclaimed he saw
him; everyone else declared they saw nothing.
This had so dreadful an effect upon the poor
weak-minded youth, that he fell down in a fit,
and when restored to life did not recover his
senses. Since that time, I understand, no tricks
have been played, which I was very glad of, I
assure you.

After my return home, Lord Strathmore, from
Gibside, and his friend Wharton dined with me,
and my description of the agreeable entertainment
I had met with at Seaton Delaval induced them
to entreat me to obtain permission to introduce